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Kansas State Breezes

January 12, 2003|From Associated Press

Nicole Ohlde sees no reason why Kansas State can't stifle opponents this well in every game.

Kendra Wecker had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Ohlde scored 15, and No. 4 Kansas State held No. 24 Colorado to a school-record 15 points in the first half of a 61-36 victory Saturday at Manhattan, Kan.

"Overall, we wanted to crowd the lanes and play total team defense," Ohlde said. "If we continue to play defense like that, we should be able to do that every day."

Kansas State (15-1, 2-0 Big 12) never trailed and won its 10th straight game.

The Buffaloes (11-2, 1-1) made only 17% of their field-goal attempts in the first half, another school record. At halftime they trailed, 34-15.

"I don't have a whole lot to say about it," Colorado Coach Ceal Barry said. "We were getting nice shots. We were just short."

The Buffaloes went on an 8-0 run early in the second half, cutting a 22-point deficit to 14. But Kansas State's Amy Dutmer made a three-pointer with 15:17 left that sparked an 11-0 run and put Colorado away for good.

Megan Mahoney added 14 points for the Wildcats.Kate Fagan led Colorado with 10. The Wildcats held Colorado's leading scorer, Tera Bjorklund (averaging 18 points) to six points.

"It was very pleasing to see our team play defense like that," Kansas State Coach Deb Patterson said. "We're understanding how important our defense is. That's the statement tonight."

OTHER GAMES

Tamara James scored 27 points and Chanivia Broussard had 16 points and eight rebounds as Miami (11-3, 3-0 Big East) beat No. 16 Notre Dame (9-4, 1-1) 80-70, at South Bend, Ind....No. 8 Texas Tech (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) fended off an upset by Baylor (12-2, 1-1) for a 62-48 victory at Lubbock, Texas.... No. 6 Stanford (12-1, 4-0) held off a late rally by Oregon (6-9, 2-4) to win 75-74, at Eugene, Ore.... Amber Obaze scored 18 points to lead No. 12 Louisiana Tech (10-2, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) to a 60-52 victory over Hawaii (8-5, 2-2) at Ruston, La.... Abby Scharlow scored 13 points to lead No. 19 Wisconsin Green Bay (13-2, 4-0 Horizon League) to its seventh straight victory, 76-53 over Loyola Chicago (7-9, 4-1) at Chicago.... Stacy Stephens scored 18 points and Tai Dillard added 17 points to lead No. 20 Texas (9-4, 2-0 Big 12) to a 70-59 victory over Missouri (6-7, 0-2) at Columbia, Mo.... Lindsay Taylor scored 20 points to lead No. 21 UC Santa Barbara (10-2, 3-0 Big West Conference) to a 71-42 victory over Idaho (4-10, 2-2) at Santa Barbara.... No. 22 Villanova (12-1, 3-0 Big East) shut down West Virginia's Kate Bulger for a 53-43 victory over the Mountaineers (10-2, 0-2)at Morgantown, W. Va.... Chelsi Welch and Maria Villarroel each scored 17 points as No. 25 Oklahoma (10-4) defeated Nebraska (7-5) 57-43 in the Big 12 opener for both at Lincoln, Neb.

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